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Article #84 (419 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions From: ab044 Subject: MODEM & PRINTER USE Date: Sun Jul 30 09:13:36 1989 I have a 130xe (upgraded to 320k) two 1050 drives a Star SG-10 printer and an xm301 modem.......my problem is that there is no way to use my modem and printer at the same time as I have an Apeface interface. Is there any other way besides an A/B switch? Would an A/B switch work? ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Thu Jan 1 21:01:15 1987 ** The best solution to the problem would be one of the many interfaces on the market that allow a user to pulg in more that one device. The one that comes to mind is the 850 interface but as I am sure you know these are hard to find to say the least. As for the A/B switch idea most of the ones I have seen on the market are for VCRs and are only setup for the coax cable (2 wire). So, No one of these would not work. If anyone has more info on the matter, Please leave me a msg. so I can post that info here as well. Thanks for the Question, Your Sysop, Jim Haynes aa268 2-27-87 A much less expensive alternative is to make one 4-ended cable out of the two 2-ended standard SIO cables (Atari peripheral cables). To do this, first determine where the two cables should be joined. Second, remove about 2" of insulation from each cable, being very careful not to nick the wires inside or their insulation. The third step is to examine the wires in each cable. There should be 13 in each. One in each should be bare and the others should have the same color coding. If not, stop right there and take the cables to someone who knows enough electronics to connect the proper wires together. If the wires do match, take a wire from one cable and the matching wire from the other, strip about 1/8" of insulation off both wires, twist them together AND SOLDER THEM, then tape them thoroughly. Repeat this for each pair of wires. When finished, you can plug one end into each drive and one into your computer, leaving the second socket on each drive free for other peripherals. There will also be a free end for other Atari equipment (1027 printer?). Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 P.S. See other printer/modem questions for comments on your next likely problem.